About us

A Brief History

Harare Polytechnic was established in 1919 when George Challoner, credited with being the “father” of technical Education in Rhodesia, started mechanical engineering classes for a small group of young white men. Classes were held in various schools and halls until the Polytechnic was established just before the Second World War on the site between Fourth and Fifth Streets. Harare Polytechnic commenced operations in 1964 at its present location after construction work which cost two hundred and seventy five thousand pounds. It has grown from one department to 17 departments and divisions

We are the leaders in technical training

We churn out a high number of students who are proving to be real assets in the organisations they join both locally and regionally with some making a mark on the international scene

Courses in sync with the current needs of industry

All our courses are designed with careful consultation with the major players in all sectors of industry and commerce so as to produce stidents who meet the knowledge requirements of our local industry


We as an institution are very diversified from our enrollment of all students irregardless of citizenship provided they meet the requirements for their chosen careers, to embracing a wide range of sporting actives, career paths. You will always find something to take away with you when you leave the institution

Vision and Mission


The Hub of Intellectual Excellence in Scientific, Technical and Vocational Education in preparing learners for the knowledge economy by 2020.

Mission Statement

To produce competent graduates with technopreneurial knowledge and skills necessary to meet the dynamic needs of the nation.



• Professionalism
• Gender Sensitivity
• Integrity
• Team Work


• Provision of Stemitised Human Capital Development through Tvetisation and Cbetisation processes
• Ensure fiduciary in the use of institutional resources
• Generate revenue to sustain institutional resources
• Maintain and develop institutional assets and facilities for the betterment of the learning and training environment.
• Maintain good corporate governance of the institution.